West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 8th October 2017

There were no League games this Sunday, with attention on the WKSFL Senior and Junior Cups. For Cup group tables, please go here.

Senior Cup

Group 1

Artois United lead the way, with six points from their two games played. They followed last week's 5-0 win against Insulators witha 7-0 thrashing of Second Division Brenchley. Jake Miller's four goals were instrumental, with the others coming from Jake Fairweather, Nathan Moseley and Bruce Sands. Dave Holdstock in United's goal kept the clean sheet.

Paddock Wood are off and running after a slow start to the season.  They occupy second place on goal difference after a 6-2 beating of Second Division Langton Green. There were six different names on the scoresheet - Dave Ryder, Connor Turnbull, James Hall, Russell Breden, James Humphrey and Jack Castle. Langton's two goals were scored by Adam Radford and Pete Fairhurst.

Simla opened their Senior Cup campaign with a 4-0 win at Insulators. They took the lead through John Sinclair after three minutes. Simla had the best of the play for the next twenty minutes but without sucess. Insulators did create chances of their own, but didn't really look like scoring. Ian Parsons then scored twice for Simla before half time. In the second half both teams had chances, but it was Simla that scored the only goal - from Matt Coleman.

Group 2

Armada are top of the Group 2 table, with six points from their two games so far. Harry Tampsett scored both their goals in a 2-1 away win at Green Lane, for whom Josh Harris replied.

Green Street Blues, second in Division Two, had a great morning with a 5-0 win against Dormansland Rockets. Two goals by Tom Wilken plus one each from Ash Birch-Ruffel, Shaun Boyle and Yannick Tchodndsin did the damage. Nick Edwards kept the clean sheet, his third of the season. He leds that particular chart.

And in all Division Two clash at Goldsmith's, Crowborough Town overcame Tonbridge Invicta 3-1.

The game started with the visitors having just eleven players and three Crowborough Town players having decided not to turn up. Fortunately Town still had a squad of thirteen and two more players, registered but not originally selected agreed to come along.
From the kick-off Crowborough looked the better side and went close to finding the net on more than one occasion until with twenty minutes gone Liam Edwards, making his debut for the club, opened the scoring for Town. Invicta gradually came into the game and they deserved  their equaliser, although it was from an own goal by a Crowborough defender.  This put more life into Town's football and goals before half time by Matt Pickett and Andy Pollard were just reward for some well worked moves.
Half Time :   Crowborough Town    3  -  1     Tonbridge Invicta
The second half was a much more even game and it didn't help the home team when keeper Tim Page was injured, necessitating some re-arranging of the line-up. Whilst there
were chances at each end, it was the Tonbridge side that came nearest to scoring with a goalmouth scramble and the ball hit a post, the crossbar, and a number of players legs but refused to find the net. Crowborough did, in fact, have a number of chances but found the Invicta keeper in good form, even denying three or four one on one chances that should have been put away.  In the end neither side could add to their score and the game, played throughout in a good spirit, drifted to the final whistle.
Group 3

FC Grinstead ran riot at Goudhurst United, making the long trip worthwhile. They scored nine, Charly Harris' hat-trick was added to by a long list of bodies - Callum Gardner, Joe Moulding, Aaron Baston, Connor Tobin, Ben Randall and Mick Neatherway. United's consolation was a penalty scored by Stuart Andrews.

Pembury Sunday are however in the driving seat, with two wins out of two. They didn't have it all their own way at home to Cassidy's Phoenix, but a hat-trick by the prolific Matt Rice-Tucker and a goal by Marc Chappel were enough to beat their Division Two opponents, for whom Ben Boodle scored twice. Boodle was last season's second top scorer for the Six in One and will prove a useful signing.

Junior Cup

Goals galore! Twenty eight goals were scored in the four games played across the two groups.

Group 1 - updated

Speldhurst Rangers head the Group 1 table with six points from their two games. They had a comfortable 6-0 win at Tonbridge United. Rangers took the lead in the first minute with a neat finish by Jolyon Wheller. They went on to score five more without reply, Rob Runciman scored two, James Hughes, Sam Stevens and Joe Hearndon the others. Liam Baldwin kept his goal intact for a second clean sheet of the season.

Six goals were shared three apiece between East Grinstead Mavericks and Insulators Reserves. After defeats for both last week, a welcome point. Insulators Reserves took an early 3-0 lead. All the goals came from the boots of Jake Pingault.That was as good as it got when the ref awarded a soft penalty to the home side who scored and then added another almost immediately. At half time it was 2-3. In the second half the home side scored from a speculative free kick, so Insulators were cursing their inability to gain a much-needed win. Mavericks scorers were John Jacobs, Andrew Wakefield and Connor Gunn.

Group 2 - updated

It's all square so far in group 2. All four teams have played twice, all four teams have won once. St John's Yard remain on top on goal diference despite a 4-3 home loss to Paddock Wood Reserves. Reece Horseman, Josh Williams and Rory Wilson scored for the Yard. Paddock Wood Reserves have recruited the proven goalscorer Simon Hammond. He scored twice, as did Dave Hymers.

Game of the day was at Skinner's, where TW Ridgewaye and Tonbridge Casuals scored enough goals to fill several lines in the ref's notebook. Ridgewaye came off 7-5 winners, thanks to an excellent five goal haul from Ben Adams, who now tops the League's goalscoring chart with 11 so far. Dan Thomas scored the other two. For Casuals, Matt Donnelly scored his second hat-trick of the season with Joe Lewis adding the other two. Those two hatricks have at last broken the log jam in the 'most hat-tricks' chart. Adams and Donnelly now lead that particular race with two each, but there are FOURTEEN other players each with one, who will no doubt have something to say about that as the season progresses.

Next week sees three ties in the Kent Sunday Premier Cup. Artois United, Simla and Tonbridge Origin will be involved.There's a return to League action for many teams, but there will also be three ties in the WKSFL Intermediate Cup, which remains a straight knock-out affair.

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